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The Untold Story of America’s Mindfulness Movement: Then, Now, & the Future

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Join three pioneers of mindfulness meditation for a one-time only sharing of their interwoven contributions to its spread in the West. Close friends since the 1970s in Cambridge, they became not only practitioners but advocates of mindfulness practice, moving in their unique, synergistic ways to spread their understanding to growing audiences that today form a main stream movement. This story has never been told.

It’s the early 1970s, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, has just earned a doctorate at MIT in molecular biology. A meditator in the Zen Buddhist tradition, he saw a chance to bring meditation out of its religious trappings to benefit people with health problems. Enter Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

Daniel Goleman as a Harvard graduate student spent two years in India where meeting highly accomplished yogis and lamas inspired him to return to the University for research on meditation as a way to reduce stress reactivity – and continue as a practitioner during his years as a New York Times journalist most widely known for his books on emotional intelligence.

And Richard Davidson, Dan’s fellow graduate student at Harvard, not only did research there on meditation as a way to enhance attention, but went on to direct the Waisman neuroscience lab and the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin. There his research on meditation has included one-of-a-kind studies of Olympic level Tibetan yogis, who show unparalleled beneficial changes in their brain function – as well as being remarkably upbeat and kind.

In their new book Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body, Goleman and Davidson review the strongest findings to separate hype from fact. They show that the benefits of mindfulness and other kinds of meditation go beyond the temporary benefits and pleasant states mental exercise can bring to produce lasting positive traits.

Moderated by David Gelles, the New York Times maven of mindfulness, the evening is sure to be an evening of lively dialogue. Join us and these meditation pioneers to delve into the birth of the movement, where it is today, and where it might be going in the future.

PLEASE NOTE: After the panel, we will have copies of Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body for sale, and there will be a book signing.

If you cannot attend in person, we are offering a free live stream of the event, so you can join us virtually. Register for the free live stream here.

For more information, please visit garrisoninstitute.org/mindfulness.


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